Vineyard and Region Information: We have been making Odeon since 2008, and it has typically been a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The Cabernet Sauvignan comes from the Betchart Vineyard, located high up on Montebello Road. This steeply terraced and rocky vineyard produces beautiful fruit and it has been a component of our Odeon for many years. This year we were so impressed with the Cabernet character we made the decision to bottle it as a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vintage Notes: The 2019 growing season was preceded by a wet winter totaling around 70 inches in rain. Bud break was late due to the cold, wet soils, but an early June heat wave caused the vines to take off. Despite a few late rain events, there was good weather for bloom and fruit set and yields were above average. July and August were relatively cool, slowing veraison, then warming into September for nearly ideal weather for final ripening. We picked this vineyard on October 7th. All together, a very good growing season.
Wine Notes: We destemmed 100% of the fruit and fermented it whole berry in a single fermenter. Only a small amount of organic yeast nutrients was added during fermentation. We pressed after 19 days and went into one new and two used French oak barrels where the wine was aged for 20 months on the lees prior to bottling. We were really impressed with the Cabernet character in this vintage and made the decision to bottle it as a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard designate to let it stand on its own.
It starts with a deep dark fruit tightly wound with some delicate pyrazine high tones that are more floral than bell pepper. This is a wine that needs some time to breathe and open up. The texture on the palate is silky and dense with a deep black exotic fruit - black currants, blackberries, huckleberries. This wine finely weaves the line between hedonistic and elegant. We have never before done a pure Betchart Vineyard single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon release, but we hope you will see why when you try this wine. While very approachable now, the texture of this wine will gain weight and creaminess with time along with added depth to the fruit. It should be good for the long haul if one wishes to cellar it on an extended basis.